Loyola’s Runkel, Sawyer Honored By ECAC

March 12, 2012 | WNST Staff

CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse junior Mike Sawyer was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week, while sophomore Jack Runkel was named Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday.

Sawyer scored 11 goals and had 14 points, setting career highs in both categories during back-to-back Loyola victories. He scored five goals and had six points as the Greyhounds spoiled Michigan’s first-ever home game on Wednesday night.

He then broke those personal records with six goals and eight points in a 13-8 win over No. 11/9 Duke Saturday afternoon. In the Michigan game, Sawyer picked up a career-high six ground balls. He also had nine ground balls on the week.

Making the first two starts of his collegiate career, Runkel posted an 8.00 goals-against average and .515 save percentage to help the Greyhounds pick up wins at Michigan and at home versus Duke. Playing less than three minutes between the pipes as a freshman last season, he started the Michigan game and held the Wolverines to eight goals while making five saves.

He was outstanding then in the Saturday win over Duke, making a career-high 12 saves against a team that has played in the last five Final Fours.

The Greyhounds are back at home on Saturday when they take on ECAC foe Air Force at noon.